Hello all and welcome to the Forest School page. Keep an eye out here for a weekly update on how both Hornbeam and Redwood are progressing at the woods.
What another beautiful week of weather we have this week, albeit a tad cold. The cold certainly hasn’t stopped the children playing this week though. With both groups this week, we had a played a slightly different version of ‘Meet A Tree’. This week involved the children being led around the woods by their partner whilst being blindfolded. The children are ten left to feel the features of their tree before being returned, the long way, back to the circle. They are then spun 5 times before the blindfold comes off. every child who went this week managed to find their tree. It took some a lot longer and I was amazed y the resilience shown by all of the learners. Having done this activity myself, it’s difficult to put your finger on how you know where your tree is but you just know. The children are so settled in the woods now and there has been some great team work and communication in the woods this week. A pleasure to be a part of.
This week was based around the children finding their very own special tree. The children coloured in the lines on the hands to find the tree which had the same markings. Each group took to the activity very differently and some children spent nearly an hour looking the one which felt right. They go there though and the connection between them, the tree itself and nature as a whole is a little bit stronger now. Here are some photos and videos from this week’s play.
Today was Hornbeam Group A’s third trip to the woods. Last week they enjoyed the rope swing and risky so much that I decided to bring set up some low ropes to play on. At first there was a real mix in how the children approached them. Some children were straight on with a jump whereas other children had to really think about getting on. The play was risky but safe and this group are turning into real risk takers. There was also some great team evident too.Below are some videos of the low ropes from today with Aiden particularly showing us how he is building his resilience and perseverance.
As well as the low ropes, Mrs. Martin-Halls took some calico and a log bashers to make some symmetrical patterns by bashing the leaves. The children used this as time to slow down their play and catch a breath.